Kaizer Chiefs haven’t kicked on the way they wanted to in the DStv Premiership. Every match seems to be a tough encounter as they’re not able to score a lot of goals that will win them matches. Apart from their defense issues, Chiefs have had a lot of strikers' challenges as it seems like no one can raise their hands and put goals behind the net. Even worse now, Amakhosi’s trusted forward Samir Nurkovic has been ruled out for the next couple of games. This was unfortunate for Stuart Baxter’s men as they thought that they’ll have the best of Nurkovic on their match against Marumo Gallants.
However, Chiefs released a statement stating that the Serbian international will not feature in their crucial match against Gallants after he had surgery on Wednesday to repair the meniscus in his knee. Baxter has shown faith in Nurkovic ever since he arrived at Naturena for his second stint. It seems like things haven’t been going well for Chiefs, since Nurkovic wasn’t available at the beginning of the 2020/21 season due to an injury. Then the same thing is happening at the beginning of the new campaign. At this point, the Soweto giants are in desperate need of someone who will be a goal poacher. “I have had this injury niggling me for a while now – the medical team felt it was best to get the operation done. Further assessments will be done after the operation. The medical team will give me a timeline on the recovery process after that,” said Nurkovic talking to Chiefs media department about his injury.
Chiefs played to a 0-0 draw with Gallants and it was visible that Nurkovic was missing in action for the Soweto giants. Even though he has been misfiring in the past couple of months, but Chiefs look slim upfront without him. As he has been able to play with his back facing the opponent's goal as he’s holding up and protecting the ball to bring his teammates into play. Also, it seems like Baxter has turned him into a winger at times within the game so that he can whip in those crosses for his teammates to score goals. Unfortunately, it’s uncertain when Nurkovic will return to the pitch.
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